It's August 30, and scientist Ernest Rutherford was born on this date in 1871. His particular area of expertise was nuclear physics and radiation. He proved that atoms have most of their mass and charge concentrated in a single nucleus, and he also discovered and named the proton, which is a unit of positive charge in an atom. After his death, his tributes included having an element named after him (appropriately called rutherfordium) and being buried in Westminster Abbey near other great British scientists. If you want to learn more about Rutherford's work, consider taking some of our science courses. The best online high school courses around include our online physics and chemistry courses. They may be taken individually or as part of an online high school diploma program. If you like working on paper, we have high school correspondence courses in physics and chemistry, including a chemistry lab course. Again, those may be taken individually or as part of a correspondence high school diploma program. We are proud to offer you courses in multiple formats so that you can learn in the way that is best for you. We'd be even prouder to have you as our student, so enroll toay!